Interview with Audition & Screen-Acting Coach Dave Bobb Start getting more callbacks by becoming more confident in auditions.
I truly enjoyed this interview! Dave Bobb is a professional actor who coaches other actors on audition technique and helps them prepare to walk in the room and "wow" the casting directors. I had the opportunity to ask him all kinds of in-depth questions about the casting process and his recommendations on what actors do to have a better chance of getting the callback. I know you'll enjoy this!
Fears are in your head. Every actor is just one audition away from a fantastic opportunity, and we need to be OK with being vulnerable when auditioning because it will enable us to perform better, so don't let your fears and worries control you!
The audition is part of your job. Don't just look at performing in shows as your job. The audition, marketing, creation of marketing materials, and networking are also all parts of your job as an actor. Booking a role is just another part of that, and you should not treat auditions differently just because they are unpaid.
Expanding your play range will give you more opportunities. If your acting ability and vocal range is limited, casting directors can tell. It's your job as an actor to have a wide toolset available so you can give the director whatever it is that they need.
Interview with Justin Stoney of New York Vocal Coaching Learn how he started freelancing to earn some extra income to support his acting career, and then dramatically scaled up his company.
I love meeting people who run businesses just as much as I love speaking with actors. As a small business owner myself, I'm always interested in learning how others built their businesses up from zero. Justin started as an actor and one day a small opportunity came to him out of the blue. Instead of letting it slip away, Justin grabbed it and did everything he possibly could with it, and has since grown a tiny freelancing business into a large team of people who work with A-list celebrities on a regular basis. This is an absolutely AMAZING interview.
Most actors need some sort of income stream to support them in their journey to build their career since acting work isn't often steady. Justin shares how he started his voice coaching business and explains how you can also start freelancing to earn extra money to support your own acting career.
Learn why vocal coaching isn't just for singers, but is also extremely important for auditions and being able to play characters properly.
Justin explains the biggest difference that helped him become booked SOLID with clients versus other freelancers who often struggle to find their next client. This simple difference can means thousands of extra dollars of income to support your acting career if you choose to freelance.
And lots more...
Justin's Bio: Justin Stoney, founder of New York Vocal Coaching, is an internationally-recognized voice teacher and vocal coach. One of the leading voice teachers in today’s music industry, he has appeared on the NBC Today Show, CBS, Fox News, Fox 5New York, The Insider, and frequently is a guest on Huffington Post Live’s interviews of celebrity singers. His teaching has been featured in publications such as Esquire Magazine, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, SELF, NME, Fox News Magazine, Discovery News, Medical Daily, UK’s Daily Mail, Tech Times, and Backstage Magazine. Backstage readers also voted Stoney as one of New York City’s best voice teachers and vocal coaches.
Interview with TV Personality & Actor Tom Hatton Learn how Tom built up a large following and skyrocketed his career way faster than expected with a simple, "outside the box" strategy.
This was a really exciting interview. Tom explained to me exactly how he stepped out of the normal boundaries of what's expected and immediately put himself on red carpets with celebrities to build up his hosting reel. In a very short time frame, he built up a following and used it to start booking larger hosting roles for television and online, and his career has been growing rapidly ever since!
Learn the biggest, single mindset shift you need to make to break through and start seeing progress again in your acting career.
Discover exactly how Tom broke into hosting with an "outside-the-box" strategy that instantly put his face in front of tens of thousands of people, and how you can do the same with your own acting career.
We discuss a simple technique actors can use to get unstuck from plateaus within a very short time frame.
And lots more...
Tom's Bio: Tom Hatton is a host, voiceover artist, actor, model, spokesperson and all round awesome British Gentleman. As a TV host, he launched Sony’s groundbreaking In the Qube TV and hosted Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter Youtube Channel. He currently works for Buzz60, the award winning online daily news series. He is also a red carpet host for YRB Magazine and The Vicki Winters Show, interviewing celebrities like Julianne Moore, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Seth Rogen. For voiceover, Tom Hatton was the live announcer at the VH1 Artist of the Year Awards 2014 and announced the Apple Music Festival London in 2015. His voice is used in video games Grand Theft Auto and Yoostar. He can also be heard in multiple TV commercials in the US and Europe including Just for Men and Colgate. You have probably also seen him on global commercial campaigns for Dentyne, Budweiser, Microsoft, Barclays, Febreze and Louis Vuitton. Check Tom out at: www.thatton.com
And don't forget to leave a comment below! What was your favorite lesson from Tom?
I loved talking with Virginia about her commedia and clown-acting work. She is an amazing teacher who also worked as a contributing writer to a well-known book in the acting world called Discovering the Clown (or The Funny Book of Good Acting). In the interview, we go into great depth on how actors can move their careers forward and audition better by studying this unique style of acting. I highly recommend checking this interview out!
Learn a simple technique to separate yourself so you become more memorable in auditions and when meeting people in the industry.
Discover how clown acting can help increase your chances of booking commercials through its focus on improv and comedic timing.
Find out how you can expand your acting range and depth of performance in auditions and on-set by studying clown, bouffon, and commedia.
And lots more...
Virginia's Bio: Virginia Scott is a co-founder of the Funny School of Good Acting where she taught clown, commedia and bouffon. TCG just published Discovering the Clown: The Funny Book of Good Acting by Christopher Bayes with Virginia Scott. You can get it at any bookstore you like! In 2018 Virginia created The Commedia Company, which performs contemporary, original commedia shows regularly. Keep your eyes peeled for The Boof, a bouffon performance group made up of mysterious characters stirring up trouble and taking on power in 2019 and beyond! Virginia has devised new commedia and bouffon shows with several super talented performers around NYC since returning to live in NYC (mostly) full time 2 years ago.
Virginia teaches/taught clown, commedia, bouffon, play, physical acting, and all that kind of wiggling it around at schools such as The Juilliard School, A.C.T. (MFA), Tisch School of the Arts at NYU: International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam, Meisner Studio and Open Arts Studio, Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, U.S.C. (MFA), Movement Theatre Studio, The Michael Howard Studio, Stella Adler Studio, The Clown School, The Idiot Workshops and Berg Studio. Shows Virginia has directed and/or devised have appeared in New York at The Irish Repertory Theatre, Ars Nova Mainstage, 59E59, The Zipper Theatre, UCB, The PIT, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, The New York Fringe Festival and The International Clown Festival, The US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Comedy Central Theatre, The Hollywood Fringe and UCB LA in Los Angeles, and internationally at The Guilded Balloon in Edinburgh, The Centaur Theatre in Montreal and the Grahamstown International Festival in South Africa.
Interview with Veteran Broadway Actor Arbender Robinson
Arbender Robinson is one of the coolest people I've had the opportunity to interview. He's also one of the most grateful people I know, which I think is ultra-important if you want to be successful in life.
I love this interview because Arbender goes into extreme detail talking about what he's done over the years to take his acting career from zero to the level it's currently at - 11 Broadway shows (including Hairspray and Book of Mormon) and numerous film and television appearances! This is one interview you truly won't want to miss.
A specific and simple strategy to book your first Broadway without an agent (just as Arbender did).
Learn how to negotiate your salary effectively.
Become a networking and follow-up pro.
And lots more...
Too busy to watch right now? I'll send you a cheat sheet that covers the most important points from the interview and how to apply them to your own acting career.
Arbender Robinson made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning production of Hairspray where he played the role of Seaweed. He's been featured in over 11 Broadway productions. Prior to moving to NYC, Arbender was a featured vocalist with Royal Caribbean Cruises as well as an actor and vocalist for numerous Disney productions at Walt Disney World. When asked to describe the vocal ability of Arbender, one critic said “clear, effective, killer range of death...and that is a good thing. Look out Billy Porter, Arbender has arrived“ As a teaching artist, Arbender has worked with many organizations around the country and has a very unique teaching style that's accessible to all ages and talent levels. He also works to bring arts awareness to programs all over the country as well as serving as a huge advocate for Autism awareness and research.